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EWL Board Seminar: back to the future

(Brussels, 17 October 2013) As part of the EWL board meeting that took place over the weekend of the 11-13 October, the EWL’s secretariat organized a seminar called Back to the future – Strategies to strengthen feminist principles and funding for women’s rights and gender equality in Europe

Three panels explored a range of topics related to coming out on top of the current turbulent economic atmosphere for women’s organizations and how to breach the topic of feminism with decision-makers at all levels (national, regional, local, European).

Speakers came from a range of organizations and institutions to present their expertise; the European Commission Directorate General for Employment spoke about structural funds, the European Anti- Poverty Network presented their toolkit for NGO’s to engage with structural funds, the Fundraisers Alliance of Belgium shared some strategies for civil society fundraising, while the EWL’s own members from Ireland and Hungary gave accounts of how they are overcoming major cuts to funding and regressive climates. d’ égale à égal’s Caroline de Haas closed with an engaging presentation on demystifying feminism and bringing it back into an every-day context.

We hope that the board members were able to take away some new ideas to add to their feminist fundraising toolkits and strengthen their resolve to bringing feminist principles back to the future!

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